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Doubtful Sound: powerful serenity

The most obviously dubious aspect of Doubtful Sound is its name because as everyone knows, it’s actually a fiord, carved from the mountains by the action of a glacier long since gone the way of a Fruju in high summer.  Read the story . . . 

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The Lost Gypsy: amazing automata

A caravan serving coffee, art and automata are all part of the curious collection at Southland’s Lost Gypsy.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Must Do's: South Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Start planning your next road trip with great attractions, accommodation and things to see and do in the South Island with our 2021 Must-Do's travel guide.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Adventure in style on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

Explore the southern coast of Southland on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track.  Read the story . . . 

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Te Anau to Milford Sound Piopiotahi Highway: the journey into the heart of Fiordland.

If you want to take in Fiordland’s wilderness, vastness and beauty without being drenched in that seemingly perpetual rain, take the Piopiotahi Highway. Read the story . . . 

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Southern Scenic Route: Queenstown to Dunedin

If you get as far as Te Anau, it’d be rude not to keep going, don't you reckon, and explore the deep south.  Read the story . . . 

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The Milford Track: the finest walk in the world

The Milford Track has been thrilling hikers for more than 150 years and the scenery is as perfect as ever, complete with valleys carved by glaciers, ancient rainforests and cascading waterfalls. Read the story . . . 

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Waipapa Point: wild and windy

Right at the bottom of the South Island, the remote and rugged coastline at Waipapa Point is home to one of the last wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Fiordland Marine Reserves

Fiordland’s ten marine reserves border the Fiordland National Park and are a fantastic example of protected natural environments. Read the story . . . 

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Ulva Island-Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve

Ulva Island, in Stewart Island Rakiura’s Paterson Inlet, has crystal clear waters teeming with fish, penguins and a variety of marine flora. Read the story . . . 

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Get lakeside at Manapōuri

At 444 metres, Fiordland’s Lake Manapōuri is the second deepest lake in New Zealand.   Read the story . . . 

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Stewart Island Rakiura: a world away

New Zealand’s third largest island, Stewart Island is a unique, curious place that is well worth a visit. Read the story . . . 

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